FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Utah Valley University women's basketball coach Cathy Nixon picked up her 300th-career victory Saturday afternoon as her Wolverines (3-9) ran past Northern Arizona 62-44 in Flagstaff.
"I'm just excited to get the win for the team. Win number 300 is just icing on the cake," said Nixon when asked about achieving her 300th victory. "This does bring back some great memories as I've been blessed to coach lots of games and some amazing young women in our program."
UVU used a balanced attack offensively in the game as nine different players scored. Senior Sammie Jensen led the way with 13 points and eight rebounds. Junior Whitney Jenkins also topped double digits with 10, and sophomore Ashley Klemz added nine off the bench on 3-of-5 shooting from distance. Senior Kaycee Mansfield led UVU in rebounding and assists with nine and four respectively.
"This was one of our best collective efforts both offensively and defensively. We had nine different kids score and all but one get a rebound," Nixon said. "We also had some really exceptional possessions defensively. We were really in sync with one another and it was a great team effort."
UVU used a 12-4 run midway through the first half to break an 11-all tie and take a 23-15 advantage. Sophomores Tina Doughty and Klemz both drained 3-pointers during the spurt.
A basket from NAU's (1-8) Raven Anderson later pulled the Lumberjacks to within six, but the Wolverines responded with three straight buckets including layups from seniors Cydne Gray and Mansfield to take a 31-19 lead with 7:24 to go until the half.
Utah Valley managed to stretch its lead to 13 points at the half, at 36-23, following another trifecta from Doughty. The Wolverines shot 6-of-12 from distance in the opening half compared to just 1-of-7 three-point shooting by NAU.
The Wolverines opened the second half by scoring six quick points to take a 19-point advantage, at 42-23. Jenkins scored four of her 10 points during the spurt.
The Lumberjacks pulled within 15 at 44-29 after a layup from Tylor Stephens-Jenkins, but UVU responded once again by scoring the next six points to take a 50-29 lead with 11:43 to play. Jensen led the 6-0 run with two layups.
UVU held on to its lead from there as it took the 18-point victory.
The Wolverines finished 7-of-17 from distance for 41 percent and 23-of-57 from the field for 40 percent. NAU shot just 33 percent for the game (19-of-58) and 17 percent from behind the arc (2-of-12).
Amy Patton led the Lumberjacks in the contest with 13 points.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.